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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Big demand for lighter weights

John Brennan with the overall champion, judge Kerr Jarvie and Barry Farrell holding John’s female and reserve champion at the 40th Texel Show and Sale at JP&M Doyle Mart, Blessington. Photo: Adrian Melia
John Brennan with the overall champion, judge Kerr Jarvie and Barry Farrell holding John’s female and reserve champion at the 40th Texel Show and Sale at JP&M Doyle Mart, Blessington. Photo: Adrian Melia

A top price of €3.51/kg was paid for a light Limousin weanling bull at the Annual Weanling Show and Sale at GVM Mart, Kilmallock, Co Limerick, where the trade was mainly driven by strong demand from farmers for the lighter weights.

The lot of three Limousins weighing 228kg sold for €800 each, with demand and prices strongest overall for the lighter lots on the day.

The champion of the show was awarded to a 10 month old Limousin bull exhibited by Tony Roche, Ballywire, Kilross, Co Tipperary, which weighed 435kg and sold for €1,390, equivalent to €3.20/kg .

The entry at 20hd was similar to last year, and while prices were back on 2015, demand was described as "brisk" overall, particularly for the lighter lots with a good clearance of both bulls and heifers.

"The prices were back about 20c/kg on average from last year," said Denis Kirby. "It was mostly a farmer trade. We had one exporter buying but most of the weanlings were being bought by farmers who were driving the trade."

Heifers went to a high of €1,500 each, paid for a 470kg Charolais equivalent to €3.19 /kg, while a Belgian blue weighing 350kgs made €3.29/kg selling for €1,150.

The prize-winners at the show were exhibited by Tom Jackson, Quitrent, Kildorrery, Co Cork; Eamon Walsh, Carrigmore, Dromahane, Co Cork; Michael Leonard, Glenosheen, Ardpatrick, Co Limerick; John Fitzgerald, Dromtrasna, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick; Brian Coughlan, Bohernagore, Ardpatrick, Co Limerick and William Fitzgerald, Finitterstown, Adare, Co Limerick.

RESULTS


Limousin 435kg €1,390 (€3.20 per kg), Belgian blue 450 kgs €1,305 (€2.90 per kg), Charolais 535 kgs €1270 (€2.37 per kg), Belgian blue 360kg €1,150 (€3.19 per kg), Limousin 425kg €940 (€2.21 per kg), Limousin 370kg €900 (€2.43 per kg); 3 Limousin 363 kg €880 (€2.42 per kg), Limousin 275kg €870 (€3.16 per kg); Limousin 255kg €850 (€3.33 per kg), Belgian blue 375kg €845 (€2.25 per kg), 3 Limousin 228kg €800 (€3.51 per kg), 2 Hereford 388kg €770 (€1.98 per kg), 3 Limousin 193kg €610 (€3.16 per kg), 5 Aberden Angus 197kg €580 (€2.94 per kg), 5 Friesian 200kg €360 (€1.80 per kg).

Heifers

Charolais 470kg €1,500 (€3.19 per kg), Belgian blue 350kgs €1150 (€3.29 per kg), , Limousin 365kg €2.51 per kg), 4 Limousin 365 kg €880 (€2.41 per kg), Aberdeen Angus 425kg €840 (€2.05 per kg), Belgian blue 300 kgs €850 (€2.83 per kg), Belgian blue 340kg €800 (€2.35 per kg), 2 Charolais 358kg €770 (€2.15 per kg), Charolais 300kg €700 (€2.33 per kg), 2 Charolais 270kg €665 (€2.46 per kg); Pietmontise 285kg €640 (€2.25 per kg).

n The next Weanling Show at the mart will take place on Monday, September 12.

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